Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued covering review material in this session. We focused on rational and radical functions, as well as exponential and logarithmic functions. The student has no difficulty with rational and radical functions, but in our session tomorrow we will need to spend a little more time with exponential and logarithmic functions as well as covering trig review."
"The student and I reviewed homework covering the cross product, determinant, the cross product of two parallel vectors, the cross product of two vectors is normal to both vectors, normal vector, equation of a plane through a point perpendicular to a line of intersection of two planes."
"Today we went over Algebra 2 and Chemistry. For Algebra 2 we discussed exponential functions and properties. For Chemistry we went over the Gas Laws and properties of gases. For our upcoming meeting the student is to do the next lesson for each subject and come with any questions that she may have. Also, a lot of her algebra work is requiring that she graph functions using a calculator. I recommend that she gets a graphing calculator in order to complete her homework."
"For this session, I worked with the student's younger sister. She is entering the 5th grade and her mother wanted me to review 5th grade math concepts with her. We went through a workbook which tested her knowledge of fractions and decimals."
"We went over the extra work provided for him, reviewed percentages and order of operations, and went over the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percentages. We also reviewed angles and area of triangles."
"We covered probability of simple events, ratio/proportional reasoning, and adding and subtracting fractions. The student did well with all the concepts covered in this session. He was assigned homework on factors and prime factorization. The student was able to find the LCD of two denominators mentally. He is also proficient with solving proportions and utilizing cross products to determine the proportionality of two ratios."
"During this session, we went over section 1.1 on linear equations. I reminded him about some of the properties of addition and multiplication (like associative, commutative etc.), and then we worked on the problems. What seemed to work the best for him was if I kind of walked him through a problem the first time, and then he did a couple of additional similar problems after that. We did problems with fractions, as well as some that dealt with recognizing whether a set of equations had zero, one, or infinitely many solutions. The end of his lesson has practice problems which he did completely on his own, although I did need to remind him once or twice to watch his signs. He seemed much more confident at the end of the session."
"We covered solving simple algebraic equations, ratios, word problems, mental math, order of operations, exponents, absolute value, area, perimeter, and circumference. We planned to continue working on the summer math packet until it is finished."
"The student and I worked on simplifying complex rational expressions, problems that often take many steps to reach the most simplified answer. The problems involved multiplying, dividing, and simplifying binomials that were in fractions, and she carried out the steps in these problems well. She also handled problems that involved adding fractions with uncommon rational expression denominators. We finished up with using some of these principles to handle ratio problems."
"The student wants to strengthen her math skills and hopefully improve on her standardized test scores so that she doesn't need to do supplementary math classes next school year if possible. I gave her a diagnostic test with 5th and 6th grade problems. She was able to do about half of them. I was able to highlight a variety of subjects that we will cover next week and going forward (including word problems, some basic geometry concepts, decimals, mixed fractions, exponents, factors). Today we learned about mixed numbers and adding fractions with similar bases. I assigned her 10 practice problems on the topic we covered."
"The student and I moved onto topics related to geometry. In particular, we covered sin, cosine, tangent and how to use basic trig to find measures of right triangles. We also reviewed basic terminology related to geometry. The session went well and I think he understood the concepts well enough to practice on his own."
"Today we covered correlation matrices, variance and standard decoration, and using z score tables. The student seems to be catching on quite rapidly to many of the new concepts she encounters. No concerns to report. I did not leave extra practice, but she has practice problems from the book."